Smell of Tennessee wildfires in Michigan's air

MICHIGAN - Large wildfires across parts of eastern Tennessee aren't just contained to that region -- reports of smoke have been received hundreds of miles away.

A warm front late Monday, Nov. 29, pressing into the Ohio Valley ushered southerly winds into Michigan and with that came smoke and its smell, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids. 

WZZM 13 sister station WBIR reports more than 14,000 residents and visitors evacuated Gatlinburg, Tenn., because of the raging fires. Westgate Reports and Black Bear Falls are completely destroyed.

The Great Smoky Mountain National Park have closed all facilities in the park on Tuesday because of extensive fire activity and downed trees, according to reports.

Winds have gusted up to 80 mph, which helped to fan the flames.

Much of the region is in an "exceptional drought" -- the highest classification. Knoxville, Tenn., for example, needs about 10 inches of rain to reach what's considered normal for the year. It's forecast at least an inch or two of rain could fall between now through Wednesday.

(© 2016 WZZM)


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